World Cup fever has prompted Jet Airways to introduce daily non-stop services to Johannesburg from April 14, 2010.
At press time, the launch marks Jet Airways as the only Indian carrier to fly between the subcontinent and Africa. A new Airbus A330-200, with 220 seats – 32 in Premiere Business Class and 190 seats in Economy – will be used on the route.
Flight 9W 242 departs Mumbai at 0205, arriving in Johannesburg at 0735. On the return leg, flight 9W 241 departs Johannesburg at 1100, arriving in Mumbai at 2330.
There have always been strong links between India and South Africa, given the large number of residents of Indian origin living and working there. India’s most well renowned figure Mahatma Gandhi lived in South Africa from 1893 to 1915. It was here that his ideas such as the concept of satyagraha (peaceful resistance) were formed, born out of his experiences with racial prejudice.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, which runs from June 11 to July 11, 2010, is expected to generate increased frequencies, if not new start ups, from the Asia-Pacific to Johannesburg. Recently, THAI Airways announced it was reviving its Bangkok-Johannesburg route on May 16 after this was axed in January 2009 (see news). The four times weekly service will be utilising a 292-seater Boeing B777-200ER.
For more details, visit www.jetairways.com
Margie T Logarta